Happy New Year

When 2008 dawned, I hoped it would be better than 2007.  If anything, it has been worse. Now, as 2008 closes, I find myself hoping 2009 will be better.  Surely, anything should be better than 2008, right? Shouldn’t even a half-decent year would be better than the year that sent the economy into a tailspin?…

Radio killed the TV star

The comments in the previous post made me realize how little I watch PBS.  I wake up to NPR every morning, but I hardly watch PBS. I am not alone – nationwide, much more people listen to NPR than watch PBS.  They also contribute more to NPR than PBS.  As this New York Times article says,…

Journey to the edge

I am convinced that National Geographic  is completely dumbed down in the US and much worse than it is in India.   I only wonder why. The other day, they were showing a great documentary about the Beslan crisis in NatGeo in India. Over here, it was probably something like “Secrets of the Kung Fu Temple”.…

Miss World and the world economy

So India’s Parvathy Omanakuttan was the first runner up in Miss World 2008.  Atleast, that’s what I think her name is.  I’ve read various variations of her name in the news reports. The same yahoo slideshow first called her Parvathay, and then decided she was Parvathy Omanakuttai. My limited knowledge of Malayalam tells me “Kuttai”…

I shouldn’t have upgraded to 2.7

In hindsight, upgrading to WordPress 2.7 was a mistake. For starters, there is the “QuickPress” tab in my dashboard. Empty boxes – title, content, white space that jumps out at me every time I open my dashboard. It’s like an awkward silence which one wants to immediately fill up with a hundred words. Then there…

A 3 am cricket match

I woke up at 3 a.m. to watch the cricket match but my inbox has a hundred unread messages I better start replying, this will take ages. I woke up at 3 a.m. to watch the cricket match but my feeds need reading, my blog needs updating and all readers’ comments need responding. I woke…

We should be resilient

Too often, we have been apathetic. Our apathy comes from fear from hopelessness, from cynicism, from tiredness at battling barriers for too long. We should battle fear instead We should be resilient. Too often, we have been silent. We have solved problems through resourcefulness and private enterprise. But silence can sometimes mean acceptance, acquiescence or…